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Employee Spotlight – Dave Reed

Dave Reed“Doors have opened for me here.” Back in March of 2011, Dave Reed started working with Daman in the Shipping & Receiving Department, and after a few years was promoted to Shift Leader. Then in August of 2016, he moved into Purchasing. Fast forward one year, and Dave is now the Production Support Leader. Dave’s primary responsibilities are to oversee shipping, receiving, raw materials purchasing and manufacturing support.

Outside of Daman, Dave and his wife Debbie enjoy cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as well as taking long walks. They have two sons, one residing in Massachusetts and the other in Colorado. As an integral part of the team here at Daman, we extend our gratitude for his work ethic and congratulate Dave in his new role. Dave can be reached at 574-252-4936 or at daver@daman.com.

Expanding Stainless Steel Capabilities

Aluminum and ductile iron have been the standard in the manifold world for years, but stainless steel is quickly becoming more common in the hydraulic manifold industry. Its strength, durability, and excellent corrosion resistance make it the optimal choice for certain applications such as subsea, mining, and corrosive environments. Other applications include oil and gas, washdown, semiconductor, and the food industry.

- Daman can produce most of its standard products in stainless steel, including cavity body applications, and we are continuously expanding our stainless machining capabilities.

- In many cases, Daman can use readily available 17-4h1150 stainless steel in place of ductile iron. It is much stronger than its more popular cousins 304 and 316. On the Rockwell C scale, it has a hardness of 28 and a yield strength of 105,000 PSI.

- Some things to consider when choosing your material are pressure, application, and the environment where the manifold will be used. Working pressure should be considered in accordance with ISO 4413.

- Our stainless steel products are passivated to maximize the natural corrosion resistance of the material. This process removes surface contamination that can potentially form rust or initiate corrosion.

As stainless steel takes on a larger role in the hydraulic manifold industry, Daman will continue to invest in equipment, tooling, and training for the expansion of our stainless steel offerings. >>Read more

Daman’s Creative Team Featured in Target Magazine

Daman’s creative team was recently featured in the Summer 2016 edition of “Target Magazine”. The article “A Creative Team Approach” relates why and how the creative team was formed. It goes on to illustrate the way new product development is initiated and how these ideas progress through a 9-step pipeline where they will either continue on or be scrapped. Interestingly, only 20% of the ideas generated by the creative team make it through the entire process.  >>Read Article